TERRE HAUTE, Ind, (WTHI) - Indiana Governor Mike Pence has proclaimed April 15 – 19 as Work Zone Awareness Week in the state. But as every speaker at a news conference this morning pointed out, safety in roadside construction zones should be a year-round endeavor.
Alan Plunkett, deputy commissioner with INDOT's Crawfordsville district, said work on and along Interstate 70 has already started, and motorists can watch for I-70 construction – arguably, INDOT's biggest project this season – from the Illinois border all the way to Plainfield as road crews work to completely rebuild, more or less, that popular and well-traveled thoroughfare.
Plunkett said INDOT is looking forward to its newfound partnership with the Indiana Department of Labor to begin this awareness campaign entitled, "We're All In This Together."
Indiana State Police had several representatives on hand, including veteran Trooper Joe Watts, the department's public information officer. Watts told the press ISP will be using any and all tools, from the covert to the super obvious, to bust speeders, tailgaters, distracted drivers, anyone who's putting INDOT workers in harm's way.
"In my 27 years, I"ve been to two work zone fatalities involving INDOT workers: one of the INDOT workers was a friend of mine," Trooper Watts told the crowd. "A personal friend of mine, the other one was not. But it's a tragic situation when they're doing everything right and the driver's doing everything wrong!"
ISP had on display the white Ford F-150 pickup truck, complete with flashing red and blue lights, to be staged in work zones covertly; also, an undercover white Ford Mustang was present and will be utilized this spring and summer. ISP also committed to clock speeders from the air with the aid of a state police airplane, even a Harley-Davidson motorcycle that will surely blend with the general motoring public.
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